The EESC issues between 160 and 190 opinions and information reports a year.
It also organises several annual initiatives and events with a focus on civil society and citizens’ participation such as the Civil Society Prize, the Civil Society Days, the Your Europe, Your Say youth plenary and the ECI Day.
The EESC brings together representatives from all areas of organised civil society, who give their independent advice on EU policies and legislation. The EESC's326 Members are organised into three groups: Employers, Workers and Various Interests.
The EESC has six sections, specialising in concrete topics of relevance to the citizens of the European Union, ranging from social to economic affairs, energy, environment, external relations or the internal market.
See EESC opinion in all languages under Related documents at the end of this page.
Key points: The EESC:
has been calling for measures to ensure that the mandatory information for retail investors is clear, exhaustive, essential and transparent, especially where packaged and structured products are concerned;
considers the Commission's proposal a step in the right direction;
agrees that information on possible profits, including any levies and commissions linked to the product, should be provided;
considers it essential that the supervisory activity of the relevant authorities, at both national and European level, be stepped up;
is seriously concerned at the Commission's view that the role of the European authorities under the current regulation does not require reinforcement;
urges rapid movement towards a single model of information leaflets instead of the current two;
regrets that no mention is made of the implications regarding third country products, and urges the Commission to think about the need to explicitly include such a provision in the regulation;
strongly urges the Commission to monitor the effectiveness of the sanctions that the Member States are to determine.